Gannon, Donald Ross

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Donald Ross Gannon was born on March 1, 1965 in Calgary, Alta. to Paddy and Eileen Gannon. 

He was the youngest of six kids. He grew up and spent most of his adolescent years in the Forest Lawn area of Calgary. 

In 1990 at the age of 25 he moved to Byemoor to care for his mother Eileen after his father Paddy had passed away. 

Byemoor became his home where he made many friends and earned the nickname “Junior”. 

Don had a passion for football and was a huge fan of the Calgary Stampeders. He could often be seen wearing a Stamps hat, T-shirt, or game jersey. He even connected with a few of the players on social media and arranged a private autograph session for his nephews at one of their game practices. 

In 2001 he attended SAIT and become an Emergency Medical Responder where he passed with honours. His goal was to become a firefighter, so in 2002 he went through the training and became a volunteer firefighter with the Stettler Regional Fire Rescue and achieved the rank of Battalion Chief at Station 4 Byemoor. 

In 2005 he started his own company called “Jr’s Oilfield” where he worked for Byemoor Oilfield doing oilfield maintenance. From there he went on to work for Devon Oil as a contractor. 

In 2016 Don was diagnosed with Frontal Temporal Lobe Dementia. He received two years of study and treatment at the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury in Ponoka, and in 2018 he was relocated to Bethany CollegeSide in Red Deer where he remained until his passing on Jan. 27, 2022. 

A celebration in memory of Don will be held in Byemoor at a later date.

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